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Sunday, January 28, 2007

Smoking is allowed!

Smoking is allowed!!! Huh? Read the cartoon below.

Laughter is the best medicine. ^^

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Snow in Mannheim


6am, it was snowing in Mannheim, when i finally woke up to get myself to study. But the view outside my room window caught my attention. It is snowing! At the 1st glance, i thought that it is a frost, so i quickly went downstairs and went outside to test the white snow. Yes, it was indeed snow, and the snow particle was flying gracefully. Finally, the hottest place in Baden-Wuerttemberg is getting the snow blessing. Just a few days before, some people were speculating that there will be probably no snow at all in Mannheim until March, since Mannheim is considerably a warm city.

Just a few days ago, Stuttgard is snowing blizzardly and some accidents do happen. Yet, Mannheim keeps herself busy with cold wind. Cold wind instead of snowing, irony huh?

1st Snow in Mannheim starts at midnight (around 2am in the early morning) and ends around 9am.

by king ung

The Jungbusch bridge and the Rhein-Neckar river.

Sad, the snow is starting to melt. Snowman, where are you?

Further reading:
PARIS : Snowstorms have swept across west and central Europe for a second day, killing three people in Germany, disrupting air traffic and leaving dozens of drivers trapped on freezing, log-jammed roads.

Germany: The German victims were a 70-year-old bus driver killed in a head-on collision with a truck in Baden-Wuerttemberg, and another motorist in a car accident in the same southwestern state, while a 50-year-old motorist who crashed into road barrier in neighbouring Bavaria.

A Piccadilly line underground train crawls along the snow-covered tracks.

Thousand of air passengers were forced to spend the night at Stuttgart airport after snow closed down the runway, while flights to and from Munich, the Bavarian capital, were also disrupted on Wednesday.

The sudden wintry snap, which follows a period of unseasonably warm weather across Europe, left southern Germany coated in up to 10 centimetres of white, with more snow expected until Saturday.

A person walks in the snow in the street of Geneva , Switzerland

Europe traffic: Prague airport, the busiest in Central Europe, was closed by heavy snowfall early on Wednesday and was not expected to reopen before 4:00 pm (1500 GMT), while traffic was disrupted throughout the country.

There were minor disruptions at London airports, with 16 short-haul flights cancelled, including 13 at Heathrow, due to wintry conditions, as well as multiple disruptions on the London Underground.

Some 32 European flights were cancelled in Switzerland at Zurich-Kloten airport Wednesday morning, with delays on many long-haul flights.

A dozen short-haul incoming and outgoing flights were also cancelled at Rome-Fiumicino airport in Italy, where there was heavy snowfall in the north of the country as well as violent winds.

Austria: Traffic chaos gripped southern Austria, where dozens of drivers spent a freezing night at the wheel, trapped in an eight-kilometre tailback caused by lorries blocking the road.

Power was cut to around 12,000 Austrian homes, with repair works seriouly disrupted by the risk of falling trees, according to the Carinthian energy provider Kelag, which said power should be restored by Wednesday evening.

Several roads and a highway in Carinthia were also closed due to the snow, while several families had to be evacuated from their homes because of the threat from falling trees.

Spain: Heavy snowfall in Spain caused the closure of a northern motorway linking the Basque coast to Pamplona, as well as several dozen mountain roads.

France: In France, the situation slowly returned to normal on the Paris-Lyon motorway Wednesday morning, after traffic was cut in both directions, leaving around 6,000 motorists stranded into the night.

Around 600 people who were still stuck as night fell were provided with emergency shelter in the nearby towns of Auxerre, Avallon and Sens, while a few dozen decided to stick it out in highway service stations.

Around 80,000 French homes were still without power on Wednesday, mostly in remote rural parts of the central Auvergne and Limousin regions, hardest bit by the sudden burst of wintry weather.

The state power provider EDF was unable to say when the situation would be back to normal, with power lines cut by falling trees or simply by the weight of the snow.

Denmark: Heavy snowfall caused little disruption across Scandinavia, although it was at the root of a 50-car pile up on a motorway south of Copenhagen in Denmark, where no casualties were reported.

On a brighter note, the snowstorms were welcome relief to dozens of ski resorts in the French and Swiss Alps, many of which had been unable to open for the season for lack of snow.

- AFP/de (24/1/2007)

Friday, January 26, 2007

HD DVD vs Blu-ray: Power of Porn industry

I just find this amazing video clip on CNET. Have fun watching this videa clip. The power of Porn industry in deciding our future CD format.

Cnet: Power Of Porn Industry

Caution: Minor exotic element on this video clip.

Problem Fix: If you have hard time connecting to this video clip, you can copy and paste the link above or here: http://www.cnettv.com/9710-1_53-25822.html This will fix the problem mostly. Thank Michael for pointing this technical problem out.

If problem stills exist, contact me and let see what we can do.

Monday, January 22, 2007


- 李寻欢
Translation: A dead man can't speak, but he can tell.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Losing is Winning

Ever wonder about your life? All the challenge in your life? All the competition you fought so far & all the outcome? We are the competitors as well as the audience in our life.

If you are the audience, well, lose and win doesn't affect you too much, it is just another person' lost. Maybe you feel even better & satisfied when you see the person your supported defeated his or her opponent(s). But, if you are the defeated opponent in the competition you followed so much, what will you do? What will happen?

Or do you ever join a competition? It is a tasty fruit to win the competition, but if you lose? Will the burden of losing affecting you greatly? How many time have you lost?

YA! It is about losing. Losing is not a monster, we have to confront lose, not by avoiding it, instead face it with courage. If we keep ourself from avoiding lose, we may not know our weakness at all, why we have lost. Then, daydreaming is a better solution.

A high soaring person who never has been defeated, will he be able to acknowledge his defeat and come back to fight? Is losing such a scary situation? Losing doesn't mean you will ever been defeated, yet it is just a process. Winning or losing is only a process. Nobody can forever stand taller than anyone else. When we know how to lose, then we already know how to win next race.

Therefore, losing a race will be a better solution sometimes. Knowing your weakness, yet still can enjoy the process, that is losing with honour.

i can't help when reading this newspaper article, losing sometimes is good. I doubt myself, whether i can admit my defeat, if i really come to that day. Lee Chong Wei lose his Malaysian Badminton Open (20/1/2007). Best wish to Chong Wei, as he continues to bring glory to country. Losing makes him see clearer than anyone else.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Kiwi's Dream - Just Do It!

i have came across this video in Youtube. It is an animation about a Kiwi (a bird that can't fly), which has a dream that one day it can fly in the sky. This animation has been awarded with 16 Youtube honours and is 1 of the Youtube's Greatest Hits. Having fun watch the video clip. Enjoy!

- Animation:

little info about the creater of "Kiwi!"
- name: Dony Permedi
- Kiwi! is his Master Thesis Animation
- other Animation: Pony

for more information, you can visit his interview by ISFAT.

Lesson: Nobody can't stop you from achieving your dream & goal, unless you are stopping yourself from achieving it.


This is a column special for the changelog of Stand Alone Complex:


- definition of stand alone complex
- improved page layout
- misc add-on(s)
- latest entry announcement
- add some links
- add welcome log
- add chinese stand alone complex title
- add current activity section

- nothing seem to be happened that month...

- add labels to blog (8/3)
- add labels & categories column (8/3)
- remake slogan (8/3)
- more links added (8/3)
- reedit page layout (8/3)
- add chinese slogan (11/3)
- add chat box (11/3)
- add more profile detail (18/3)
- add all blog entries (19/3)
- add Sand of Time (25/3)
- rename category with Tag (25/3)
- rename Tag with Events (27/3)

- change profile picture to Netherlands trip photo (16/4)
- more blog link added (26/4)

- remove "Email me" link (16/5)
- rename "blog entries" with "Events" (16/5)
- change permission to view to "Selected Readers" (16/5)

- blog reopened! (1/6)
- hierarchy style blog archive (1/6)
- minor edit (12/6)
- 单独先生 StandAlone new title (谢谢天使) (12/6)
- Dimensioned by kingung at Singulariy Point (new layout style) (13/6)
- Flashback (comment) added (14/6)
- delete Introduction (15/6)
- rework Event label (15/6)
- rework template (19/6)
- upload new photos for display (20/6)
- add Person Counter (20/6)
- add many Profile links (23/6)
- display blog by days (28/6)


- new banner from Naples, Italy (14/8)




- change new layout: png format effect (29/12)
- add "Feeling Lucky" widget (29/12)
- add Flash Scrolling Widget (30/12)
- add Disclaimer (30/12)
- add new Navigation and Site Info bar (30/12)

Pickpocket vs Malaysia

just want to share this moment of thought with you, courtesy of my friends in Japan.

"...... I just came back from the graduation party for seniors.

In the graduation party, at usual, there were some performance going on. Performers made funny performance or created some funny story in order to gain the laughters. Well, this is Japanese style.

In the last performance, on the stage, one of the performer, Mr A, said that he knew how to handle with the "pickpocketing". There were hundreds of student at the party watching the performance. Then, the performer asked the other one, Mr.B to "pretend" to steal the wallet from him. As the Mr.B "is stealing" the wallet, Mr.A shouted---"Malaysia". ??????????????

Huh? What does this do with how to deal with pickpocket?? I think there is nothing to do with. Mr A just wanted to hold Malaysia up to ridicule.

At that time, my Loas friend look at me for a few seconds to see my reaction, to look whether I am angry. Even though I was angry but struggled to make a slight smile on my face ......"
End of thought.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Wind over 105 MPH!

Today, blessed with 14°c of warmth during the winter season, the day makes his landing by blowing strongly.

Noisy old television is trying his best to report this strange phenomenon, but his audience has turned him down.

A girl just passes by...... without looking back =.= i just continue walking towards my destination.

The night is coming, and she requests her playful wind brother to continue playing with her, as she is lonely tonight. Watching through my room window, they seem to be happily strolling along the city street.

This chapter of moment is encoded by an unusual windy day.

follow-up: 1,2,3,4

All Blog Entries 2007

This is the list of Stand Alone Complex blog entries for 2007:

  1. Stand Alone Complex (17/1/2007)
  2. Wind over 105MPH (18/1)
  3. Pickpocket vs Malaysia (20/1)
  4. Changelog (20/1)
  5. Kiwi's Dream - Just Do It! (20/1)
  6. Losing is Winning (21/1)
  7. 古龙说 (22/1)
  8. HD-DVD vs Blu-ray: Power of Porn Industry (26/1)
  9. Snow in Mannheim (27/1)
  10. Smoking is allowed! (28/1)
  11. Get Ready for Exam! (4/2)
  12. Winterbells (8/2)
  13. 100th Page View (15/2)
  14. 丁亥金豬年之解说 (23/2)
  15. Apply passport online (24/2)
  16. Chinese New Year Advertisement (24/2)
  17. Power Ranger anyone? (3/3)
  18. Red Ranger Revolution (4/3)
  19. American Power Ranger Flashback (7/3)
  20. Praxis Episode 1 - Industrial Training (9/3)
  21. All Blog Entries 2007 (10/3)
  22. USA Daylight Saving (11/3)
  23. 19 A1 (12/3)
  24. 如果有人比我更爱你 - Song 1 (15/3)
  25. Praxis Episode 2 - A New Beginning (16/3)
  26. 吴克群 - Song 2 (18/3)
  27. GF MM / 如何追美媚 (19/3)
  28. Chances (19/3)
  29. Being Tagged ! ! ! Wow ! ! ! (20/3)
  30. 任逍遥 - Song 3 (23/3)
  31. Medieval Age: Dummy guide to Book (25/3)
  32. 听妈妈的话 - Song 4 (29/3)
  33. astronomy wonder : 太空炮弹 (astro bullet) (31/3)
  34. Chit Chat about Germany (1/4)
  35. Mysterious Chinese Word (3/4)
  36. 你那么爱她 - Song 5 (4/4)
  37. 女人是用来疼的 (16/4)
  38. 天使 Angel (17/4)
  39. My Netherlands Trip -Summary (21/4)
  40. Google Earth Day (22/4)
  41. 1985 - 2007 (24/4)
  42. Mannheim (25/4)
  43. 梦1(开始篇)(29/4)
  44. One Day Blog Silence (30/4)
  45. 梦2: 舞 (1/5)
  46. Untitled (6/5)
  47. 爱我,非你莫属 (7/5)
  48. Hiro Nakamura? Huh? (8/5)
  49. An unusual depressing day ^-^ ==+ (10/5)
  50. 五月天 Love in the May (11/5)
  51. Peaceful (13/5)
  52. Mother's Day (13/5)
  53. The Road Not Taken (16/5)
  54. 你要的不是我 - Song 7 (22/5)
  55. 梦3:累得心碎 (24/5)
  56. Cancer - Part 1 (24/5)
  57. Cancer - Part 2 (25/5)
  58. Scholarship (27/5)
  59. My left hand (28/5)
  60. Getting drunk (3/6)
  61. 为什么婚戒要带在无名指上? (6/6)
  62. 麻坡人的華語 (10/6)
  63. 温柔, 谢谢你的温柔。。。 (11/6)
  64. Praxis Episode 3 - Time is not enough (13/6)
  65. 端午節 (15/6)
  66. Damm the Labels... (15/6)
  67. Google Reader (16/6)
  68. 端午节快乐 Happy Dragon Boat Festival (18/6)
  69. 诗情画意 (18/6)
  70. 感动 (20/6)
  71. Tattertools (23/6)
  72. Flash Fetish mp3 Player (25/6)
  73. Cake Cake Cake !!!! (26/6)
  74. 50% discount Airticket 超便宜飞机票!(27/6)
  75. 今天,你中奖了!恭喜!A Lucky Draw Trap (28/6)
  76. Hack Your Window Vista in 10 seconds (28/6)
  77. Wow! I am a celebrity! Part1 (28/6)
  78. I am a girl @@!!! Part 2 (29/6)
  79. Pirates of the Caribbean - Part 3 (30/6)
  80. 舔着吃。咬着吃。含着吃冰棒 猜谁结婚了! (30/6)
  81. Ipoh Mali +*~ Ipoh Mali +*~ (1/7)
  82. 男人之婚姻前后 (2/7)
  83. When the storm is coming 当暴风雨来临时 (3/7)
  84. Secret revealed! 妙语连珠,只在厕所! (5/7)
  85. What can a Mouse Trap do? (7/7)
  86. 07-07-07 07:07:07 (7/7)
  87. Random Art 1 (8/7)
  88. Streik! 罢工示威! (9/7)
  89. When Terminator meet Jesus ==?... (11/7)
  90. 13th Friday (13/7)
  91. 13/7 - 15/7 (15/7)
  92. [传载] 美女与野兽的故事 (13/7)
  93. [Forward] Bully using ATM Card (20/7)
  94. Before My Italy Trip (22/7)
  95. 4 hours before My Italy Trip (23/7)
  96. Dolphin (30/7)
  97. Murano - Glass Blowing (2/8)
  98. Black Friday (4/8)
  99. I am Blog-Addict (6/8)
  100. I want that! (9/8)
  101. Jay Chou: 米兰的小铁匠 (9/8)
  102. Milan o My Love Part 1 (11/8)
  103. Milan o My Love Part 2 (13/8)
  104. How to write an Essay (19/8)
  105. Too busy with Internship (21/8)
  106. A Malaysia Gold Birthday (31/8)
  107. Food-Dish-Li-Cious Sweet Sour Pork (2/9)
  108. Germalaysiany Editor Pick (5/9)
  109. 嗨!虫 (20/9)
  110. Wah 12 Hours at KLIA! (28/9)
  111. A Divorce Letter (Prelude) (2/10)
  112. A Divorce Letter (After 5 Years) (2/10)
  113. A Divorce Letter (A Family Planning) (2/10)
  114. A Divorce Letter (The Lost Memoir) (2/10)
  115. A Divorce Letter (A Divorce Letter) (2/10)
  116. A Divorce Letter (His Answer) (2/10)
  117. A Divorce Letter (The End) (2/10)
  118. A Divorce Letter (Full Story - Forwarded) (2/10)
  119. Starting from Dirty Joke... (3/10)
  120. MRSA: More Deadly Than AIDS (18/10)
  121. 食色性也 ♦ 饺子与烧卖 Dumpling (20/10)
  122. 转载:Apple公司總裁(Steve Jobs)對史丹佛畢業生演講全文 (8/12)
  123. Rudolph: A story about Red Nose Reindeer (15/12)
  124. 冬至 (21/12)
  125. Germany - Mannheim - Hafenstrasse Christmas Eve (24/12)
  126. New Template Layout (29/12)
  127. Disclaimer (30/12)
  128. 31-12-2007 at Stand Alone Complex: 2008 (31/12/2007)
It will be updated from time to time. Alternatively, you can also use the blog archive (Stand Alone Event) to have a view of all blog entries. Thank you!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Stand Alone Complex

While originally intended to underscore the dilemmas and concerns that people would face if they relied too heavily on the new communications infrastructure, Stand Alone Complex eventually came to represent a phenomenon where unrelated, yet very similar actions of individuals create a seemingly concerted effort.

It has ties to social theory, as illustrated in the work of Frederic Jameson and Masachi Osawa.

By exploiting the mechanism of information transmission in society, one could achieve a very efficient and subtle thought control. Indeed, since people tend to modify slightly the information(and forget when it came from) in the processes of consumption (or appropriation), it becomes difficult to sort genuine ideas from modified, implanted, ones.

It happens everydays, right?

My 1st Blog starts with Stand Alone Complex definition, which will be my center idea of blog, the way of my blogging, my blogging sense, and afterall, it is my 1st blog! ^^v

Credit: Ghost in the Shell, Wikipedia

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